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Chris Rossi⁄The GazetteThe 2006 All-Gazette Baseball team. First row (from left to right): Chris Berset, Will Hanlon, Brian Scherer. Second row: Harold Brantley, Sam Bender, Peter Barrett, Matt Sweeney, Mitch Levine. Third row: Coach of the Year Jason Gasaway, Andy Moldawer, Player of the Year Mike Celenza, Steve Ulaky, Billy Henig, Chris Horning, Zack Tarner, Matt Schrader.
Quince Orchard, Sr., 1B⁄P
Dual threat batted .533 with7 home runs and 43 RBI and went 6-0 with 2 saves and a 0.69 earned-run average on the mound.
Coach of the Year
Quince Orchard, 2nd year
Gasaway guided the Cougars (21-1) to a second straight 4A West Region title and has lost just three games in two years. The Cougars won 34 straight games going into the team’s state semifinal loss to Arundel.
Peter BarrettWootton, Jr., OF⁄P
Produced at the plate (.368, 5 HRs, 20 RBI) and on the mound (6-0, 2 saves, 1.44 ERA) for Patriots (17-4).
Sam BenderWootton, Jr., 1B
Batted a sizzling .500 with four homers, 38 RBI, 27 runs scored and 14 RBI.
Chris BersetThe Heights, Sr., C
University of Michigan-bound backstop hit .571 with 2 HRs, 26 RBI and 15 doubles and threw out 21 potential base stealers.
Harold BrantleySpringbrook, Sr., OF
University of Connecticut-bound speedster set state record for triples in a season (11) and a career (27) while batting .509 with 27 runs scored and 18 RBI this season.
Will HanlonBethesda-Chevy Chase, Sr., 1B
Lefty batted .510 with 6 HRs and 27 RBI and is headed to University of Richmond as a pitcher (2.72 ERA, 79 strikeouts).
Billy HenigGood Counsel, Jr., OF
Sparked Falcons’ offense at top of lineup, hitting .422 with 36 runs scored , 20 RBI, 5 triples, 5 doubles.
Chris HorningGeorgetown Prep, Jr., C
Guided Little Hoyas to share of IAC title, batting .485 (49 for 101) with 32 RBI, 30 runs and 13 doubles.
Mitch LevineMagruder, Sr., SS
George Mason-bound infielder produced a .493 BA, 14 RBI, 24 runs scored and 20 stolen bases.
Andy MoldawerQuince Orchard, Sr., P
Ace hurler for Cougars came out of nowhere to compile an 8-0 record with a 1.75 ERA in 44 2⁄3 innings.
Brian SchererChurchill, Sr., 2B
Main reason Bulldogs (9-8) had best season in years, batting .547 with 23 RBI, 23 runs scored and 10 doubles.
Matt SchraderBlake, Sr., 3B
Owner of numerous school records, slugging infielder finished season with .534 BA, 7 HR, 20 RBI and 1.000 slugging percentage.
Matt SweeneyMagruder, Sr., 3B
Professional prospect batted .600 with 11 HRs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored and a 1.380 slugging percentage. Also drew 13 intentional walks.
Zack TarnerBlake, Sr., P
Guided Bengals to regional final on the mound (7-1, 2.32 ERA, 65 strikeouts) and at the plate (.455, 5 HRs, 12 RBI, 22 runs scored).
Steve UlakyGood Counsel, Sr., 1B⁄P
Key component for WCAC championship team on the mound (5-2, saves, 2.78 ERA, 46 K) and at the plate (.529, 2 HRs, 42 RBI, 18 doubles).
Second team A.J. Anido (Bullis, Sr., P⁄OF) Dominated hitters on the mound (1.66 ERA, 50 Ks) and opposing pitchers at the plate (.493, 2 HRs, 11 doubles, 26 RBI).
Austin Bernardo (Damascus, Sr., 1B) Helped keep team together during tumultuous season while batting .500 with a HR and more than 20 RBI.
Ryan Bottegal (Good Counsel, Sr., OF) Key contributor to Falcons’ offensive machine, batting .442 with 27 runs scored, 15 RBI and 4 triples. Will play at Delaware next year.
Kevin Collins (Quince Orchard, Sr., OF) Fleet-footed center fielder batted .368 with 9 doubles, 3 triples, 18 RBI, 30 runs scored and was 15 for 15 on stolen-base attempts.
Nick Franceski (Gaithersburg, Sr., P⁄1B) St. John’s transfer led Trojans on the mound (6-3, 2.94 ERA, 46 Ks) and added 3 HRs and 19 RBI at the plate.
Kevin Fuqua (Avalon, Jr., P) Crafty pitcher with powerful fastball went 9-3 with two saves, a 0.83 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 76 innings.
Bobby Kim (Wootton, Sr., P⁄SS) Made-up for early-season absence by hitting .400 with 6 HRs and 15 RBI and going 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA on the mound.
Brad Lipman (Georgetown Prep, Soph., P) Youngster compiled a 7-1 record and a 1.15 ERA for the season and was a perfect 5-0 in IAC games.
Dan Liscinsky (Sherwood, Sr., C⁄OF) Despite position change, versatile senior had a .975 fielding percentage and hit .500 with 11 extra-base hits and 18 RBI batting leadoff.
Brian Moran (Sherwood, Sr., P⁄OF) Three-year lefty starter compiled a 6-3 record with a 2.00 ERA and eight pickoffs. Also hit .438 with 2 HRs.
George Papuchis (Good Counsel, Sr., C) After slow start to the season, Falcons’ backstop banged out 7 HRs and 34 RBI to go along with a .363 batting average as team’s clean-up batter.
Richard Phillips (Gaithersburg, Sr., C⁄P) Catcher by trade, Phillips stepped to the mound and compiled a 4-0 record with a 2.10 ERA and batted .382 with 3 HRs and 20 RBI.
John Sheehan (Landon, Jr., P) Led Bears to tie of the IAC title on the mound, going 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 40 innings.
Ross Sweeney (Magruder, Sr., 2B) Complemented Sweeney and Levine by hitting .473 with 22 RBI and 20 runs.
Eric Weller (Quince Orchard, Sr., C) Defensive-minded backstop threw out 11 of 19 base stealers and hit .344 with 3 HRs and 18 RBI.
Alex Bastow, Wootton, Sr., OF
Steve Delmar, Gaithersburg, Sr., 2B
Tommy Dugan, Blair, Sr., OF
Gabe Feldman, Whitman, Jr., P⁄SS
Keith Hessler, Springbrook, Jr., P⁄1B
Matt O’Keefe, Quince Orchard, Sr., P
Dennis Schoonmaker, Wootton, Sr., P⁄C
Stas Speransky, Northwest, Sr., OF
Mark Steiding, Good Counsel, Sr., SS
Andrew Thal, Bullis, Sr., SS